New Years Resolution Revolution

New Years Resolution Revolution

A Poem by Carole

New Year’s Resolution Revolution


Though it’s true that change will always be a need

And perhaps there is always something we might heed

New Years Resolutions represent a near impossible task

Those things I promise to adhere to, rarely last


My best intentions frequently go awry

Leaving me with a guilty conscience as I see my list die

I strive and I strive with all that I’ve got

And then I look in the mirror & I’m reminded of what I’m not


I’ve derived a plan that has worked for me

Implementing it has been vital & key

I don’t have to struggle with guilt & shame

For I haven’t set myself up for disappointment & pain



Holding my resolutions quietly in my heart,

I pray for the strength and grace to do my part

I’m silently sustained a long the way

And change is born from day to day


I don’t need the prison of self defeat

I don’t need the feeling of getting beat

Who doesn’t want to win and succeed?

Who doesn’t want to be known for good deeds?


Why wait for the New Year to start a resolution?

Herein lies a faddist’s revolution

Don’t set yourself up again & again to fail

Let yourself out of that self-made prison and jail


Setting goals should be a regular thing

Not something we decide to do at a New Years fling

Aim at nothing and you’ll hit it again & again

Aim at something and it won’t be in vain


Pinpoint the change you’d like to make

Pray for the strength and help for goodness sake

Aim that bow and arrow with the bulls-eye in sight

Pull back the bow and let the arrow take flight


If you miss & sometimes you will

Don’t let yourself suffer with remorse and guilt

Pick up your arrow and try it again

Eventually, you are going to win


I’m leading a New Year’s revolution

Against the mentality of New Years resolutions

Good intentions sometimes need to be changed

Sometimes they simply need to be rearranged


© 2009 Carole

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This is wonderful. It is a Christmas Story unto itself. I love the flow and the feel of texture that maintains the speed ot the reading. Nothing in the work is untrue of all of us at the end of the year and that is what keeps the attention best of each reader. Your arrow hit the Bullseye dead on and the measure of the work is due high praise. Great job

Posted 13 Years Ago

3 of 3 people found this review constructive.


This inspired me into setting goals. I am really grateful to have came across this piece.

Posted 13 Years Ago

I stopped making resolutions ages ago for all the reasons you mentioned. Even if I got most of my list done I still felt like a failure for not doing everything. So okay, marrying Viggo Mortenson wasn't a realistic goal; it still doesn't mean I don't have the right to have it on my list anyway :)

Posted 13 Years Ago

I meant to say, love the title.

Posted 13 Years Ago

I love how you wrote this .. i love all your writings, they are so ins[irational.


Posted 13 Years Ago

I really enjoyed this refreshing look at how we view New Year. I suppose resolutions are made at this point because we imagine "new year, new start" but personally I agree with you. We should always strive for change and improvement, and set our sights on what we want.

Great poem!

Posted 13 Years Ago

Oh Carole, this is very beautiful and inspiring. Great write.

Posted 13 Years Ago

Inspirational and lovely. Your poem is nicely written and I'm reading it at the perfect time. Your strong poem offers a good message about setting ourselves up for failure with goals we can't reach. It kind of takes away from our holiday joy --when the ball drops all fun is over. We should enjoy the season and set our own plan, as you suggest here. Your poem is filled with such spirituality while offering instruction.

Posted 13 Years Ago

Nicely done. So true. I gave up on New Years resolutions years ago, I could never go through with them.

Great Write

Posted 13 Years Ago

Great write..I know it seems silly to make them as only about 10 percent of the people keep them..I agree that everyday we should resolute to do something good for ourselves and for man kind..Nice write,,God bless valentine

Posted 13 Years Ago

Carole - I LOVED THIS!
"I strive and I strive with all that I've got
And then I look in the mirror & I'm reminded of what I'm not..."

Not only did it have perfect rhyme and flow - the total message is such an inspiration to me.

I'll remember this and re-read it when I put "quit smoking" on my list this year!

Posted 13 Years Ago

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Added on February 5, 2008
Last Updated on January 1, 2009



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